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Who's Who? Wednesday

November 23, 2011

Statler and Waldorf

Today for this Muppetfied edition of Who's Who Wednesday, I will be talking about my two favorite Muppets. Statler and Waldorf have been around since 1975 when Jim Henson created these wonderful characters. They can be found films such as "The Muppet Movie," "The Muppets Take Manhattan," "The Great Muppet Caper," "Muppets from Space," "The Muppets Christmas Carol," "The Muppets Wizard of Oz," "Muppet Treasure Island," "It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie," and coming out today in theaters "The Muppets." They can also be seen in TV shows such as, "The Muppet Show," "The Muppets at Walt Disney World," "The Jim Henson Hour," "Muppets Tonight," and one of my favorite cartoons growing up, "Muppet Babies." Finally, they can be found on various types of merchandise such as magazines, comic books, clothing, toys and other things.

Statler and Waldorf spend most of their time sitting in the balcony at Muppet theater. Both are married and Statler is known to have a few kids. The both have many enemies from all the years of heckling they have done. Even though they heckle the Muppets on a constant basis, I am sure any of the Muppets would help them out in a pinch if needed.

They are both extremely funny. Statler is very skinny, has bushy eyesbrows and wears a pinstriped suit while Waldorf is overweight, uses a cane, has no eyebrows, has a grey mustache, and wears an all brown suit. Both have a half a head of grey hair.

*FUN FACT* Statler and Waldorf were named after two hotels in New York City, The Statler Hilton and the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Astoria being the name of Waldorfs wife.

They have both had a few different voice actors over the years, Waldorf has been voiced by Jim Henson, Dave Goelz and Dave Coulier while Statler has been voiced by Richard Hunt, Jerry Nelson, Steve Whitmire, and Dave Coulier. Statler and Waldorf were created by Bonnie Erickson.

Jim Henson was a true genius. It is so sad that we lost him at such a young age being only 53 when he passed. I am always proud to announce that we share the same birthday, September 24th. I believe that the Muppets should be used so much more in the parks than they are being used. I would love to see a show kind of like Monsters Inc. where guests can try their hand in stand up comedy and Statler and Waldorf would be the judges and can heckle you.

You can find both Statler and Waldorf in Muppet Vision 3D at Walt Disney World Resort, and also at Disney California Adventure. While at these attractions, take a moment to really look around at all the fun finds that the queue and outside the attractions have to offer.

Check out the video section over at www.fromscreentotheme.com to find out fun finds outside of Muppet Vision 3D.

 

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